Am I a Candidate for Eyelid Surgery?

Though it may be true that we cannot stop aging in its tracks, luckily there are various cosmetic facial procedures that double-board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman offers in order to help you achieve a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Often, one of the first places to show the signs of aging is the eyes. Dr. Whiteman performs blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to eliminate the tired appearance aging eyes can cause.

eyelid-surgery-atlanta-georgiaAccording to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 215,000 eyelid surgeries were performed in 2013 with a six percent increase since 2012. Patients who are good candidates for blepharoplasty are individuals that lead a healthy lifestyle and who don’t have any medical conditions that can impair healing. It is imperative to discuss any pre-existing conditions you suffer from including thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes during consultations to ensure patient safety and minimize risks of complications.

As we age, skin loses its elasticity, often causing the upper eyelids to droop and form excess skin on the lower eyelids. Having the appearance of tired eyes is due to the formation of fat deposits underneath the eyes. These effects can potentially cause impaired vision if the excess skin on the eyelids creates a blanket over the eye’s crease. In order to treat patients with such concerns, Dr. Whiteman removes the excess fat, tissue, and skin around the eyes, providing a more alert look for the patient. If a patient requires upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Whiteman reduces the amount of lax skin and creates a natural-looking crease. If lower blepharoplasty is needed, puffy fat pockets under the eyes are removed to provide a more well-rested appearance.

If patients want to maintain their blepharoplasty results, Dr. Whiteman may suggest opting for facial fillers, like Juvéderm, for example, or Botox®. To obtain overall rejuvenation patients frequently combine their eyelid surgery with other facial procedures such as a rhinoplasty or facelift. You may also consider our Eye Package, which helps to maximize the benefit of the procedure.

If you are interested in eyelid surgery, or any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures Dr. Whiteman performs, please contact us today. Also, connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Patients Seek Eyelid Surgery to Eliminate the Signs of Aging

Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) releases statistics on cosmetic and reconstructive procedures performed during the previous year. While breast augmentation still remained the top procedure, the 2012 statistics show a significant increase in facial procedures. One of the facial features most patients want to address is the eyes as they are one of the first places to show the signs of aging.  To address these aging symptoms, many patients seek blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, to eliminate the tired appearance aging eyes can cause. According to the 2012 ASPS statistics, blepharoplasty was the third most performed procedure with 204,015 surgeries completed last year.eyelid-surgery-atlanta-georgia

Double board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman performs eyelid surgery to help patients achieve a younger appearance or to resolve vision obstructions. Skin loses its elasticity as we age, resulting in drooping upper eyelids and excess skin forming on the lower eyelids. Often, patients also experience fat deposits underneath the eyes that cause a tired look. Sometimes these effects can cause visual obstruction if excess skin on eyelids compromises the eye’s crease.

To treat patients, Dr. Whiteman removes excess skin, tissue, and fat around the eyes for a younger, more alert appearance. For upper blepharoplasty, Dr. Whiteman will reduce the amount of lax skin and create a natural-looking crease. Lower blepharoplasty removes puffy fat pockets under the eyes for a rejuvenated appearance. For overall rejuvenation, patients commonly combine eyelid surgery with other facial procedures such as a facelift or rhinoplasty. To maintain their blepharoplasty results, many patients choose minimally invasive procedures such as Botox® and facial fillers.

In addition to the facial procedures featured in ASPS’ statistics, Dr. Whiteman also performs breast and body procedures. If you are interested in any of the cosmetic or reconstructive procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery, please contact us today. Also, connect with us on FacebookTwitter, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news.

Seeing a Healthier You: Relief after Blepharoplasty

atlanta eyelid surgeryWhile people choose plastic surgery for a variety of reasons, some procedures are designed to correct functional issues along with cosmetic concerns. Procedures such as breast reduction and rhinoplasty are more commonly recognized as medical necessities; breast reduction alleviates discomfort caused by overly large breasts and rhinoplasty improves breathing and facial proportion, but there are many other procedures that can also provide solutions to medical issues.

You may have heard of the facial rejuvenation surgery called blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, but have you ever considered it as an option to improve vision or relieve severe migraines? Dr. David Whiteman performs this facial rejuvenation procedure to remove excess skin from the upper eyelid and/or fat deposits underneath the eyes to create a brighter, more alert appearance. As skin ages it becomes inelastic and begins to droop, compromising the eye’s natural crease and shape. Heavy excess skin may hang over and cover the eyelashes and/or begin to obstruct a person’s normal vision. In addition to resolving vision obstruction, some surgeons have also attributed blepharoplasty to migraine relief for patients. Doctors say that eyelid surgery allows access to sensory nerves that cause head pain. According to a recent study conducted by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, about 88 percent of patients who underwent surgery reported a reduction in migraine pain and frequency. Head pain can be attributed to the critical nerves compressed by fat or tissue buildup behind the eyelid.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is used to eliminate signs of aging on the upper and/or lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can be performed on the upper eyelids to reduce a hooded appearance caused by sagging eyelid skin and/or on the lower eyelids to remove fatty tissue that contributes to bags. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures or performed alone depending on the patient’s needs.

For example, Dr. Whiteman may also perform brow lift surgery or otoplasty to help balance the results of a rhinoplasty, as well as help eliminate additional medical problems. To learn more about the procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, please visit his website and connect with him via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for news and updates.